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Just World Podcasts

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Just World Podcasts is an innovative podcast series on international affairs, run by the publishing house Just World Books which also provides this platform as a service to Just World …


Frank Joyce discusses issues in the antiwar movement with Helena Cobban
Aug 11 • 42 min
Discussion with antiwar activist Frank Joyce
Story-Backstory ep. 13: Bolton: pushing the United States into a war against Iran?
May 17 • 30 min
On this week’s podcast, Just World Educational’s president, Helena Cobban, discusses the currently high tensions between the United States and Iran with Amb. Chas W Freeman, Jr., a very distinguished former American diplomatist and
SBS ep.12: Thinking fast and slow in reporting Israel-Gaza fighting
May 10 • 39 min
This week’s podcast is Number Twelve in our multi-week “Story/Backstory” project, which explores Washington’s current policies in the Middle East, and the Middle East itself, in a broader historical perspective. It is a complement to a column by Jus…
SBS ep.11: Saudi Arabia’s assault on Yemen, and U.S. involvement in it
May 3 • 33 min
This timely episode focuses on Saudi Arabia’s very destructive and now four-year-long war on Yemen, and the direct participation in it of some units of the U.S. military. In early April, the two houses of Congress enacted legislation to end this par…
Story-Backstory ep. 10: The UAE and Gulf Arab state influence-buying in Washington
Apr 26 • 42 min
This episode in the “Story-Backstory” series is a complement to the article that Helena Cobban published on Mondoweiss on April 25, exploring a small window that the …
Story-Backstory ep.8: Algeria’s popular movement making waves
Apr 12 • 31 min
Since late February, the large North African country of Algeria has been the site of a massive popular movement that every Friday brings millions of people into the streets demanding deepseated reform. The protests were sparked when the country’s ag…
Story-Backstory ep.7: Palestinian Jerusalem faces Israel’s assaults
Apr 5 • 34 min
Just World Educational President Helena Cobban and guest Nora Lester Murad discuss Israel’s continuing waves of attack against Palestinian life in Jerusalem, which Ms. Murad describes here as “The front-line of the Palestinians’ ongoing Nakba.” Ms. …
Story-Backstory ep. 6: Trump’s support for Israel’s Golan annexation
Mar 29 • 42 min
Just World Educational president Helena Cobban and guest Amb. Peter Ford look at the implications of Pres. Trump’s March 25 decision to break with decades of US policy and provide official US support for Israel’s annexation of Syria’s Golan. This ep…
Story/Backstory ep.5: Beating Israel’s “But Khamas!” ploy
Mar 22 • 18 min
This episode of the “Story/Backstory” series is related to the column “Beating Israel’s ‘But Khamas!’ ploy” that was released on the Mondoweiss website on March 20. In this episode…
Story/Backstory ep.4: Gaza the crucible
Mar 15 • 30 min
Just World Ed president Helena Cobban reads the column she had on this topic on Mondoweiss on March 13, which asked whether the Great March of Return movement that has swept the Gaza St…
Story/Backstory episode 3: The two-state solution is dead
Mar 9 • 38 min
Just World Ed president Helena Cobban first of all reads the column she published March 6 on Mondoweiss, “The two-state solution is dead. Let’s plan for the one state.” Then, she …
Story/Backstory episode 2: The curious case of US domination of Palestine-Israel peacemaking
Mar 1 • 24 min
In this episode in our “Story/Backstory” miniseries, JWE president Helena Cobban first reads, then reflects on her most recent 1,300-word op-ed on U.S. policies in the Mi…
Story/Backstory, episode 1: The longer arc of U.S.-Palestine relations
Feb 22 • 26 min
This is the first episode in our new “Story/Backstory” miniseries, which combines both the reading by JWE president Helena Cobban of her most recent 1,300-word op-ed on U.S. policies in the Middle East, with a slightly longer segment in which she re…
Gaza-Palestinian author and activist Laila El-Haddad recalls Operation Cast Lead
Jan 17 • 35 min
In this episode you’ll hear a conversation I held recently with Laila El-Haddad, a political analyst, author, and rights activist who is from a family deeply rooted in Gaza, Palestine, though she currently lives near Baltimore, Maryland. Lai…
Dr. Alice Rothchild on health and women’s issues in Gaza after Cast Lead
Jan 14 • 31 min
This episode features a conversation Just World Ed President Helena Cobban held with Alice Rothchild, who’s a member of our Board of Directors and a veteran activist in the field of health and human rights. Alice is a recently retired OB/GYN w…
Joe Catron talks about the meaning and legacies of Cast Lead
Jan 9 • 21 min
In this episode, you’ll hear a conversation that Helena Cobban held recently with Joe Catron, Just World Educational’s Director of Outreach, about the legacies of Cast Lead. Joe is a veteran social-justice activist who spent three-plus years in Gaza…
Gaza’s Dr. Basem Naim on after-effects of Cast Lead and Great March of Return
Jan 6 • 26 min
In this episode you’ll hear the second half of a conversation I recently held about Cast Lead and its legacies, with Dr. Basem Naim. At the time of Cast Lead, Dr. Naim was the Minister of Health in the Palestinian government in Gaza. Today, he…
Gaza’s Dr. Basem Naim recalls the horrors of Cast Lead. Part 1.
Jan 3 • 28 min
This episode of our podcast is the third in a special mini-series we’re releasing as part of our “Cast Lead Plus Ten” project, which started last December 27 and is running for 22 days. The project marks the ann…
Richard Falk on the lasting legacies of Operation Cast Lead
Dec 30, 2018 • 35 min
This episode of our podcast is the second in a special mini-series we’re releasing as part of our “Cast Lead Plus Ten” project. In this episode of our mini-series you can hear the second half of the conversation Helena Cobban had about Cast Lead, wi…
Recalling Operation Cast Lead with Richard Falk, part 1 of 2
Dec 26, 2018 • 28 min
This episode of our podcast is part of a special mini-series we’re releasing as part of our “Cast Lead Plus Ten” project, which will run for 22 days, December 27, 2018 through January 17, 2019, to mark the tenth anniversary of Israel’s brutal “Opera…
Peter Ford, Britain’s former ambassador to Syria, discussing Syria and Palestine
Jul 26, 2018 • 31 min
We are pleased to present an interview that JWE President Helena Cobban conducted July 24th with Peter Ford, who was Britain’s ambassador to Syria, 2003 through 2006, and who has remained an informed and close observer of Syrian affairs ever since. He …
Richard Falk on Pres. Erdogan’s regional policies & prospects
Jul 13, 2018 • 25 min
In this second half of Helena Cobban’s recent conversation about Turkish politics with Prof. Richard Falk, they discuss the implications for Turkey’s regional and to some extent global policies.
Richard Falk on Pres. Erdogan’s inauguration and Turkish domestic politics
Jul 10, 2018 • 23 min
The distinguished international jurist Richard Falk, who’s a member of Just World Educational’s Board of Directors, has had a long association with Turkey, where he spends most of his summers. Recently, there was an election in Turkey for both the 600-…
Understanding Gaza and Hamas
Jun 22, 2018 • 10 min
Helena Cobban introduces “Understanding Gaza and Hamas”, the factsheet she produced for Just World Educational, which demolishes seven key myths the Israelis have fostered regarding these crucial topics.
Ian Williams discusses John Bolton with Helena Cobban
Mar 24, 2018 • 28 min
An interview with Ian Williams on UN Day
Oct 25, 2017 • 39 min
Ian Williams joins Just World Educational on #UNDay to discuss the United Nations, the U.S., and the world.
The Ken Burns effect on the Vietnam War: an interview with Karín Aguilar-San Juan
Oct 23, 2017 • 24 min
An interview with Karín Aguilar-San Juan
From Vietnam to Palestine, with Doug Hostetter
Nov 12, 2016 • 34 min
Super-skilled peace activist Doug Hostetter talks about his groundbreaking work on the “Peoples Peace Treaty” that students from the United States, South Vietnam, and North Vietnam concluded in early 1971… about how his peace activism has evolved ove…
Dr. Sarah Ahmed talks about her work with survivors of ISIS violence, in Iraq
Aug 20, 2016 • 25 min
In this episode of the Just World podcast, Helena Cobban talks to Dr. Sarah Ahmed, another very inspiring young Iraqi who’s been working to provide direct relief to the news waves of refugees and internally displaced people inside Iraq. Dr. Sarah is th…
Conversation with Taif Jany, graduate of the Iraqi Student Project
Aug 13, 2016 • 21 min
From 2007 through 2012, American peace activists Gabe Huck and Theresa Kubasak ran an innovative project in Damascus, Syria, to provide mentoring to some of the many young Iraqis who had then found refuge in Syria from the terrible conflicts then ragin…
Talking with Rabbi Brant Rosen about Jewish Nonviolence and his work with the Quakers
Jul 28, 2016 • 20 min
This a Just World Educational podcast, in which JWE President Helena Cobban talks on the phone with Rabbi Brant Rosen about his recent experience taking part in an action organized by the Center for Jewish Nonviolence— and also, about he’s found it be…
Amb. Chas Freeman on the interaction between Middle East events and the U.S. election
Jun 21, 2016 • 39 min
On June 21, Just World Books CEO Helena Cobban had a fascinating 40-minute discussion with Amb. Chas W. Freeman, Jr., author of the recently published book America’s Continuing Misadventures in the Middle East. In the conversation, Freeman discu…
Sheila Carapico, Michael Hudson, & others discuss Yemen
May 14, 2016 • 94 min
Since March 2015, a Saudi-led military coalition has pursued a very destructive military action inside the populous Arabian Peninsula country of Yemen. In late April 2016, Dr. Sheila Carapico, the editor of the new book Arabia Incognita: Dispatches …
‘Gaza Kitchen’ authors, in conversation with Claudia Roden
Oct 20, 2015 • 52 min
A fascinating, 50-minute discussion held at the 2015 Frankfurt Book Fair among the authors of ‘The Gaza Kitchen’, Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt, and Claudia Roden, the doyenne of Mediterranean cuisine documentation.
Falk and Bennis launch Falk’s great new book on Middle East!
Jun 10, 2015 • 61 min
This is the recording of the great discussion that Richard Falk, author of “Chaos and Counterrevolution: After the Arab Spring” had with Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies, to mark the book’s June 9th launch. A thoughtful seminar with t…
Gareth Porter speaks in Berkeley, CA, early April 2014
Apr 14, 2014 • 92 min
Berkeley Fellowship Unitarian-Universalist hosted a lively discussion with Gareth Porter in early April, about his new book ‘Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare.’ The evening was co-sponsored by BFUU’s Social Justice Committ…
Matt Zeller’s campaign for his interpreter
Sep 25, 2013 • 8 min
Matt Zeller, author of the fine memoir ‘Watches Without Time: An American Soldier in Afghanistan’, has been waging a big campaign to save the life of his interpreter, Janis Shinwari. Hear about his campaign— and also hear an excerpt from his book tell…
Getting to Gaza: A reading from Laila El-Haddad’s ‘Gaza Mom Abridged’
Sep 15, 2013 • 12 min
To mark the publication of the abridged edition of Laila El-Haddad’s classic ‘Gaza Mom’ book, we present a short reading from the book that focuses on the terrible problems Laila, like all Gaza’s people, has in trying to get in and out of her home terr…
Author Short: Rami Zurayk on his 2009 visit to Aleppo
Jul 20, 2013 • 10 min
Rami Zurayk is a Lebanese agronomist and social activist. In this podcast, Just World Books owner Helena Cobban reads an excerpt from his 2011 book ‘Food, Farming, and Freedom’. The excerpt is a charming account of a short visit he and his family made …
Convo with Laila El-Haddad about her recent visit to Gaza
Jul 13, 2013 • 21 min
Laila El-Haddad, co-author of our much-acclaimed recent cookbook ‘The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey’ was recently back in Gaza. Though her time there was hectic, we caught up with her soon after her return to the United States, and talke…
Amb. Chas W. Freeman Jr on his recent visit to China
Apr 28, 2013 • 24 min
Just back from ten days in China, Chas Freeman, the author of ‘Interesting Times: China, America, and the Shifting Balance of Prestige’ describes and assesses how the many high-level Chinese officials he talked to there propose to calm the tensions cur…
Dr. William Quandt Tracks Latest News on Turkish-Israeli Relations from Istanbul
Apr 3, 2013 • 15 min
Dr. William Quandt, veteran Middle East analyst and editor of ‘Troubled Triangle: The United States, Turkey, and Israel in the New Middle East,’ discusses the latest breakthrough in Turkish-Israeli relations with Dr. Sebnem Gumuscu from Sabanci Univers…
Matt Zeller on key U.S. lessons from the war in Afghanistan and its relationship with the war in Iraq
Mar 25, 2013 • 37 min
Matt Zeller, author of ‘Watches Without Time: An American Soldier in Afghanistan,’ discusses the highlights from his recent college speaking tour and his key lessons learned from Afghanistan—some of which come from surprising places. Matt also reflects…
Brant Rosen reflects on his book, the views of young American Jews, and the Arab Spring
Feb 15, 2013 • 36 min
In this podcast, Rabbi Brant Rosen, author of ‘Wrestling in the Daylight: A Rabbi’s Path to Palestinian Solidarity,’ shared his reflections on his book and how it has impacted his understanding of “what to do” with his beliefs and convictions as well a…
Miko Peled discusses his January 2013 travels— and more!
Feb 2, 2013 • 29 min
Miko Peled, author of ‘The General’s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine’ discussed his fascinating recent travels in Israel, Palestine, and Jordan with Just World Books owner Helena Cobban. In this conversation, Miko also looked back at some of th…
Jon Randal discusses the Sabra and Shatila massacres with Helena
Sep 14, 2012 • 44 min
Thirty years ago this month, fighters from Lebanon’s Christian-extremist Phalangist militia, working in close coordination with the Israeli military, committed massacres against unarmed Palestinians in the refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila that shocke…
Yaprak Gursoy discusses Turkey’s regional role
Aug 18, 2012 • 19 min
Yaprak Gursoy, a contributor to Troubled Triangle: The United States, Turkey, and Israel in the New Middle East and a professor at Ist…
Soli Özel talks about Turkey’s role in Syria and the rest of the Middle East
Feb 24, 2012 • 15 min
Chas Freeman discuss Middle East prospects with Helena
Jan 26, 2012 • 26 min
In this 26-minute podcast, Amb. Chas W. Freeman, Jr. discusses the risk of heightened U.S. confrontation with Iran during the current election year. He says he expects little U.S. activism in Palestinian-Israeli peacemaking— and that U.S. influence in…
Reidar Visser gives Helena Cobban a bleak assessment of U.S. achievements in Iraq
Nov 12, 2011 • 22 min
The U.S. occupation of Iraq is scheduled to draw to a final end on December 31 of this year. Just World Books author Reidar Visser has closely tracked Washington’s efforts to try to build a democratic, accountable government in Iraq and now, as the nea…
Laila El-Haddad, author of ‘Gaza Mom’, talks about Gaza, the flotilla, and changing American attitudes
Nov 5, 2011 • 13 min
On Friday, November 4, a small flotilla crewed by western and Palestinian peace activists was stopped and boarded by the Israeli Navy as its members tried to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza by sailing into Gaza with medical supplies and letters from pe…
Joshua Foust’s Afghanistan-Pakistan update, early August 2011
Aug 3, 2011 • 17 min
Just World Books author Joshua Foust discussed mid-year trends in how U.S. policies in Afghanistan and Pakistan have been doing, with Dalia Mortada. In this lively discussion, Foust challenged much of what Gen. David Petraeus, until recently the comman…
Our author Rami Zurayk on what happened in South Lebanon on May 15
May 17, 2011 • 15 min
On May 19, Just World Books will be publishing a fine new book by Lebanese agronomy specialist and social-justice activist Rami Zurayk. The book is called ‘Food, Farming, and Freedom: Sowing the Arab Spring’. In this podcast episode, JWB owner Helena C…
Reidar Visser on Iraq’s Fledgling Democracy, Iranian Influence and Regional Implications
Mar 15, 2011 • 24 min
Visser talks from Norway about what led the U.S. democratization project in Iraq to fail, and how Iraq is NOT a model for activists in the current pro-democracy movements in the Middle East.
Laila El-Haddad - The Earth is Closing in on Us
Feb 14, 2011 • 2 min
Laila El-Haddad reads an excerpt from her book, Gaza Mom, during an event at Westmont College. Full video of the event can be seen at http://bit.ly/dPjK7D
Amb. Chas Freeman on the rise of China and US Hegemeny
Jan 26, 2011 • 8 min
Excerpt from a discussion between Ambassador Chas W. Freeman Jr. and Steve Clemons at a New America Foundation event. Freeman discusses what the rise of China as an economic and military power means for the US. Full video available at http://bit.ly/d…
Amb. Chas Freeman Jr. - The US is no Longer Qualified to Broker Mideast Peace
Jan 26, 2011 • 5 min
In a discussion with the New America Foundation’s Steve Clemons, Ambassador Chas W. Freeman Jr. argues that the US is no longer a qualified broker of peace between Israel and the Palestinians and that the process must be outsourced to other parties. A…
Reidar Visser on Iraq’s Power Sharing Government
Dec 7, 2010 • 6 min
In a discussion at the Middle East Institute in Washington, DC, Reidar Visser speaks about the 2010 national elections and criticizes the US approach to Iraqi governance and the risk of sectarian imbalance in a power sharing model. A full podcast of t…
Amb. Chas Freeman Jr: Failed Interventions and What They Teach
Oct 22, 2010 • 39 min
Remarks by Chas W. Freeman Jr. to the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations on October 21, 2010. Transcript: http://bit.ly/8ZVVrP
JWB author Josh Foust discusses the war in Afghanistan and his upcoming book “Afghanistan Journal” with Helena Cobban
Oct 11, 2010 • 22 min
JWB author and Registan.net blogger Josh Foust discusses the Obama Administration’s leadership of the war in Afghanistan, the resignation of National Security Advisor General Jim Jones and the impact of Pakistan on the fledgling war effort. Foust note…
‘Gaza Mom’ author Laila el-Haddad on Uprising radio program
Sep 30, 2010 • 17 min
Just World Books author Laila El-Haddad describes why people in Gaza feel left out of the current round of U.S. peace diplomacy amidst continued Israeli attacks on Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza as Israel continues to construct illegal settleme…
Amb. Chas Freeman on the Mideast Peace Process and His Upcoming Book
Sep 12, 2010 • 10 min
In the first half, Amb. Freeman talks about the current round of peace talks, which he describes as a “fraud”. In the second half, he talks about his upcoming book, “America’s Misadventures in the Middle East”, coming out from Just World Books in early…
Laila El-Haddad on Life in Gaza and Her Upcoming Book
Sep 6, 2010 • 14 min
As electric generators buzz in the background, Just World Books author Laila El-Haddad shares her experience overcoming everyday obstacles in Gaza with JWB founder Helena Cobban. From frequent power failures to a dearth of fresh produce, she explains …
Helena Cobban on Just World Books
Sep 1, 2010 • 4 min
Just World Books founder and veteran journalist Helena Cobban talks about what led her to establish this new and innovative company and the bold lineup and foreign policy thinkers who will share their thoughts and analysis in Just World Book titles thi…